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Arizona WIC Program Campaign “You Do a Lot” Helps Increase Participation

By | October 14th, 2015|Prevention|

Between April and September, the Arizona WIC Program's outreach efforts included a new project to increase awareness of the WIC Program and increase participation among eligible women, infants, and children. The project has been a success with an increase of more than 10,000 participants a month. In September, more than 153,000 individuals received WIC services [...]

Encouraging WIC Outcome Measures

By | February 4th, 2014|Prevention|

There’s increasing evidence that whether a person will have a healthy weight as an adult is influenced by nutrition and physical activity in the first 5 years of life.  In fact, a new study this week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that overweight 5-year-olds are 4 x more likely to become obese [...]

Reviewing Child Fatalities Provides Critical Information

By | November 15th, 2013|Prevention|

One of the ways we create good public health interventions is by studying outcomes.  This week, the 20th Annual Child Fatality Review report came out- which examines all 854 deaths of children under the age of 18 in 2012.  The Report reviews the circumstances of each child’s death, determines preventability and makes recommendations to save children’s lives moving forward.  Although the number [...]

Outreach in Border Region Enhances WIC Enrollment

By | October 10th, 2013|Prevention|

The Arizona WIC Program is airing outreach ads in border counties, to ensure WIC clients know about the availability of WIC services in their communities.  Several local WIC agencies in the border region are undertaking special actions to promote WIC along with making healthy eating and active living the easy choice in their communities.  The [...]

Childhood Obesity: Turning the Tide?

By | August 15th, 2013|Prevention|

We finally got some better news from the childhood obesity public health front this week.  Tuesday’s CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that childhood obesity rates are stabilizing or decreasing slightly across the country.  In fact, 19 states had a significant downward trend in obesity prevalence among low-income preschoolers.  There was no change in [...]

New WIC Website

By | April 1st, 2013|General|

We’re happy to unveil the new Arizona WIC Program website, which has been redesigned with a fresh new look that is more user friendly. Last year the WIC webpage had more than 76,000 unique visitors with nearly 350,000 page views- making it one of our most popular sites.  The redesigned site includes a Find a [...]

Sequestration and Our Mission

By | March 12th, 2013|General|

No doubt the word “ Sequestration” is front and center in your vocabulary these days.  This is just a quick note to forecast how it might impact our mission.  For starters… the main impacts from federal sequestration (i.e. the federal budget reduction for some programs) will be related to the services that we provide and [...]

Our Most Popular ADHS Website

By | February 14th, 2013|General|

Guess which one of our ADHS Websites consistently has the most hits.  Our influenza pages during flu season?  Medical marijuana during our rulemaking?  Questions about WIC eligibility?  Nope.  It’s our Genealogy website.  The site has had more than 5,100,000 queries in the last 2 years. Our Vital Records team has been keeping data on birth and [...]

Informed Consent Website Up & Running

By | November 26th, 2012|General|

Last legislative session the Governor signed HB 2036- which amends state law regarding abortions. Some parts of the law are pending legal challenges, but the parts requiring us to develop a website were unaffected- and our new informed consent site just went up.  The website lists agencies and services that are available to assist women throughout [...]

The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding

By | August 6th, 2012|General|

The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week and it has been for 20 years.  This year’s theme is The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding.  Those long-term benefits apply to both mothers and babies.   When babies are fed human milk, they are more likely to avoid obesity, less likely to die from [...]